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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Gardener's Hand Cream

This recipe was given to Project Grow many years ago by a County Farm gardener. It's a great hand cream and one batch makes a whole lot so you can easily split it with one or more friends.

1 14 ounce jar Velvachol (see Notes below)
8 ounces glycerin
1½ cups distilled water

Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix on low speed with a power mixer until well blended. Then whip on high speed until aerated, about 5 minutes or longer. It will look like egg whites that have formed stiff peaks. Store in jars or pump dispenser containers.


  1. Velvachol is the basic ingredient in burn ointments that pharmacists make. It resembles shortening in a jar. You may have to ask the pharmacy to order it for you. Meijer on Carpenter Road will do this.  It costs about $26 for a 14 ounce jar.
  2. You can add essential oils or any other scent if you want scented hand cream.
  3. You only need a tiny dab of this – about the size of a chocolate chip.
  4. The easiest way to get the hand cream in to a dispenser is to spoon it into a clean plastic bag, cut the corner off the bag and then squeeze it into the dispenser.  

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